Top Six Red Flags that Identify a Conspiracy Theory Article

These rhetorical patterns are common to many conspiracy theories. Learn to identify them and sharpen your critical thinking skills.

It can be tough to see your social media friend sharing conspiracy theory stories, and tough to respond to them effectively. Pointing it out and saying “that’s a conspiracy theory” doesn’t seem to be effective. But there […]

Top Six Red Flags that Identify a Conspiracy Theory Article2020-05-13T21:58:19-06:00

The Chart, Version 2.0: What Makes A News Source “Good?”

In my original news chart, I wrestled with the questions of what made news sources “good” and came up with some categories that generally resonated with people. I ranked sources on a vertical axis with those at the top ranked as “high quality” and those at the bottom as “low quality.” I characterized the sources, […]

The Chart, Version 2.0: What Makes A News Source “Good?”2018-08-29T19:13:07-06:00

What is the difference between the statues of George Washington and Robert E. Lee?

The pro-confederate-statue side asks this question, likely in earnest, and it is worth grappling with the distinction. Indeed, since slavery is evil and horrible, as generally agreed by liberals and conservatives alike, and both men owned slaves, why is it preferable to take down the confederate statue and not the Washington statue?

This is not cut […]

What is the difference between the statues of George Washington and Robert E. Lee?2018-08-28T23:00:02-06:00

The Chart, Version 1.0: Original Reasoning and Methodology

tl;dr: There are lots of reasons. Many are subjective. More data would make it better. I am not a media expert.

Since my News Quality graphic got widely shared, I have been asked what my inspiration, methodology, and process was for creating it. I note that I have been asked this question by academics, journalists, and […]

The Chart, Version 1.0: Original Reasoning and Methodology2018-08-29T19:20:58-06:00

News Quality

We are living in a time where we have more information available to each of us than ever before in history. However, we are not all proficient at distinguishing between good information and bad information. This is true for liberal, moderate, and conservative people. I submit that these two circumstances are highly related to why […]

News Quality2018-08-29T19:19:28-06:00

Why Guns Are Not Like Spoons

I. Why Guns are Not Like Spoons

“If guns kill people, then spoons make people fat.” That’s a favorite analogy of pro-gun folks to ostensibly make the point that it is bad decisions, and not the inanimate tools themselves that cause undesirable results from the use of the tools. This is a bad analogy, but it […]

Why Guns Are Not Like Spoons2018-08-28T23:03:49-06:00

Talk to Trump Supporters

I’ve noticed certain trends in FB arguing over the past few months, primarily revolving around Hillary vs. Bernie and Trump vs. anti-Trump. I’ve seen a wide range of the quality of discourse in the Hillary vs. Bernie arguments from very low to very high. Typically the arguments, regardless of quality, receive a high level of […]

Talk to Trump Supporters2018-08-28T23:04:03-06:00

Why That “Transfinancial” Meme is Terrible

I’ve noticed a meme circulating in some of my conservative friends’ social media posts that is clearly intended to mock the plight of transgender people in view of transgender rights being in the news. It goes something like this:

“I’m Transfinancial. It means I am a rich person in a poor person’s body. Give me money […]

Why That “Transfinancial” Meme is Terrible2018-08-28T23:04:11-06:00

Marching, Civil Disobedience, and Looting are All Different Things

We should make an effort to differentiate between marching, civil disobedience, and looting. They are different things, in the same way that admirable policing and excessive force are different things. After all, our arguments are only as strong as our ability to distinguish and analyze facts, instead of lumping generalizations together. To complain about marching, […]

Marching, Civil Disobedience, and Looting are All Different Things2018-08-28T23:04:20-06:00

Why it doesn’t bother me that Hillary rolls in dough like a boss.

Bernie Sanders himself, and Bernie Sanders’ fans get very worked up about the amount of money in politics. As a result, his campaign is focused on big-money-related issues: overturning Citizens United, limiting the power of Wall St/big banks, universal healthcare (to eliminate profits from insurers/pharma companies), and millionaires and billionaires in general. What follows […]

Why it doesn’t bother me that Hillary rolls in dough like a boss.2018-08-28T23:04:29-06:00